- Measurables: 6-foot-7, 198 pounds, junior forward from New Mexico
- Key Stats: 12.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game; 42 percent shooting, 39 percent three-point shooting.
- Projected: Late first/early second round
- Hickory High Similarity Score
The Pistons have done OK with a couple of guys with the ‘wildly inconsistent’ and ‘occasionally passive’ labels coming out of college in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Because of the success of those two, I have less reservation than I normally would about taking a talented but sometimes disappearing player like Tony Snell.
Fits with the Pistons because …
Snell is a traditional small forward who has been a workout star since declaring for the draft. He’s fast, athletic and is a long-armed defender who can also hit the three-pointer — perhaps a poor man’s Kawhi Leonard. The Pistons still don’t have a long-term answer at the three spot and if Snell’s around when they pick early in the second round, it’s conceivable he could eventually develop into a starting-caliber small forward.
Doesn’t fit with the Pistons because …
Other than his inconsistent production, which I mentioned above, Snell is not a great rebounder despite his length and athleticism. There are plenty of small forwards in the NBA who don’t rebound that well — the Pistons just had one for a long time in Tayshaun Prince — and if Snell proves to be a capable defender, his lack of rebounding won’t matter as much. But with shot-happy guards on the roster, it wouldn’t hurt to have someone on the court along with Monroe and Drummond who can crash the offensive glass.
From the Experts:
The appeal? He’s a super athletic wing with NBA length and defensive abilities. He was very inconsistent at New Mexico, but I’m told numerous NBA teams love the talent.
Snell’s game on the offensive end is built around his outstanding perimeter shooting, and he does a very good job moving without the ball to get open for his shot, as he was constantly being run off of screens in the Lobos’ offense. He connected on 39% of his 3-pointers as a junior and has range that should stretch out past the NBA 3-point line. He does a nice job of rising and squaring himself up for jumpers off of screens or spotting up, and he’s also able to pull up smoothly after a dribble or two.
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